Aspiring model/actress Alexis Knapp reportedly claims that her unborn baby, due in June, was fathered by actor and Reese Witherspoon-ex Ryan Phillippe. Phillippe and Knapp dated on and off for a few months last summer, apparently breaking up for good in September 2010.
According to tabloid sources, Knapp is confident that Phillippe is the father. Other sources indicate that Phillippe acknowledges the possibility and will take a DNA test when the baby is born to determine paternity.
Some media outlets have reported that Knapp is upset that Phillippe has not contributed to her prenatal expenses. Others have stated that Phillippe has, in fact, provided financial support despite no current legal obligation to do so.
Trying to squash those rumors, Knapp’s publicist told People magazine that “[s]he has never asked Ryan for any help, nor does she expect it.” “Alexis has maintained her silence and will continue to do so,” the publicist told People. “Any ‘source’ claiming to have been her or her camp up to this point is false.” Neither party has commented publicly (other than the previous PR statement) on the pregnancy and paternity, which makes us believe that there is some sort of temporary agreement in place pending the birth and DNA testing.
TMZ.com reports that Knapp has hired Los Angeles-area family law attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan to represent her. Kaplan is best known for representing Kevin Federline in his divorce and custody battle against Britney Spears several years ago. No official word on who represents Phillippe, but he was previously represented (in his divorce from Witherspoon) by celebrity attorney Laura Wasser.